I can’t put my finger on where I first heard about Fleabag, I think Twitter, probably Twitter. I just remember remembering that there was a new show on Amazon to watch. So I watched it. A great night was had all around.
Written by: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Starring: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Sian Clifford, Olivia Colman, Bill Paterson, Jenny Raisford
Network: BBC Three / Amazon Prime
Phoebe Waller-Bridge adapted Fleabag from her play of the same name. Fleabag is an six-part dark, comedic journey of the most un-apologetic woman alive. Waller-Bridge plays our heroine. She’s dealing with tragic loss, juggling multiple men and dealing with an eccentric family. She is the most charming shitty person, you’ll ever meet. She breaks the fourth wall with such charisma, but also leaves you startled. Waller-Bridge is in almost every frame of every episode, leaving you at her mercy as the narrator. Her truth is our truth, and she is a liar.
My favorite part is that she is every-woman. She has faults, insecurities un-ladylike characteristics. She’s flawed. But unlike every-woman she doesn’t apologize for being herself. Even though she has shitty tendencies, she’s still a human. Waller-Bridge perfectly weaves her humanity with her dirt-baggery. She makes us realize, that this Fleabag is just like us. Well, not exactly like us, but some human traits and feelings are universal.
The supporting cast is delightful. The cast as a whole shares a wonderfully awkward chemistry that makes them actually feel like a family.
Fleabag is spread over six, thirty minute episodes, similar to Catastrophe another Amazon/BBC production. You could break it up by episode or watch the whole series as if it were an elongated film. The Amazon/BBC 6/30minute episodes are my new favorite type of programming. Fleabag is a lean, original, raw, dark comedy that deserves attention.